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In This Issue: RVT Insight Newsletter - November 2008

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     Traffic (RVT Network in October)

RVS SOLD: 377    SITE VISITS: 350,000+    AD VIEWS: 2 Million
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RVS FOR SALE:  44,000
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    RV Market Expected to Rise with Economy

With the economy teetering on the edge of recession, the cost of fuel expected to bounce back up and everyone concerned about the global warming crisis, RV ownership is looking better and better. Recent studies show that not only are RV vacations cheaper than other traditional vacations, they leave a smaller carbon footprint.

"Typical RV family vacations are on average 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations," found a new study by international travel and tourism consulting firm PKF Consulting. A second PKF study indicated that RV vacations generate less CO2 than traditional vacations that involve flying, renting a car and staying in a hotel. Including gas usage and dependent upon the type of recreational vehicle used, RV vacations resulted in a carbon emissions savings of between 0.9 and 1.8 tons compared to similar fly/drive/hotel vacations.

Both are powerful reasons to consider RV ownership, though current consumer concerns about the economy and the tight credit market have caused many interested buyers to delay discretionary purchases. Since August 2008, RV shipments have decreased 22.7% from 2007, according to Dr. Richard Curtin, Director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan. This "wait and see" attitude is expected to continue into 2009 until credit eases and the economy begins to recover. Dr. Curtin predicts that 2009 purchases could drop 5% below 2008 totals before the RV industry shows signs of recovery.

However, the long-term future is bright. Until the start of the economic slowdown in 2007, RV sales had risen steadily over the previous 5 years. Even though current sales are down, RV rentals have continued to grow, increasing by 18% this year. As families choose to save money by vacationing close to home, RV camping is increasing in appeal. Retiring baby boomers are also drawn to the easy travel advantages of the RV lifestyle. With owner ages ranging from 35 to 75, RV appeal cuts across age boundaries.

Nearly 8.2 million American households currently own an RV, a 64% gain since 1980. With 23% of U.S. households planning to purchase an RV in the future, Dr. Curtin expects RV ownership to outpace other housing options by 6%, increasing the number of American households with RVs to 8.5 million.

    Fraud Prevention

Our security system is constantly being upgraded for your protection, however, please note the following alerts:

!!Prices that seem too good to be true usually are.

!!Refuse any deal in which a buyer, usually claiming to be from overseas, is acting on behalf of a "client" and requests you to send an amount ABOVE your selling price.

!!When using an Escrow Service, only use trusted providers such as Type in the Escrow Provider's site URL DIRECTLY into your web browser and DO NOT TRUST LINKS SENT IN EMAIL INQUIRIES, they may lead to a spoof web site.

!!Refuse any arrangement in which the 'buyer' requests an inspection of your RV, at YOUR expense.  Some scam attempts using the following company names: Helping Hands Ministry, Easy Go Auto, Your Auto Brokers.

Please visit our web site for more information on fraud prevention. If in doubt or to report a suspicious ad, please contact our support office at 1-800-677-4484 or email us at

    Top 10 Most Viewed RVs

" Thank you for the exposure that you have provided to make the sale of my RV possible and successful."

          - R. Perron from Ontario, October 22

"The exposure on is excellent. We sold it in less than 2 weeks."

          - Anonymous, October 19

"It took awhile, but it sold in these tough times. Thanks."

          - R. Gavigan from Washington, October 15

"I was very happy how fast our RV sold after I listed it online with RVT. Spent a month trying to sell it on my own, and within a week of listing it on RVT, it was sold!"

          - Jenn from Ohio, October 3

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